HC Deb 31 July 1963 vol 682 cc75-6W
50. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a progress report on the construction of the Tyne Tunnel.

Mr. Galbraith

The tunnel contract was let in October, 1961. The Tyne Tunnel Joint Committee, which is the highway authority, says that a pilot tunnel has been driven two-thirds of the distance across the river and good progress is being made with the main tunnel. The work is scheduled for completion in 1965. A road will then be built through the tunnel and is expected to be completed in 1966.

51. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Minister of Transport if, with a view to making the North-East more attractive both industrially and commercially, he will, when the Tyne Tunnel is completed, make it free of tolls.

Mr. Galbraith

No. The benefit to be gained by business in the region from this fine new facility will be apparent notwithstanding the tolls.